Dr. James Wescoat, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

James Wescoat is an Aga Khan Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. His research concentrates on water systems in South Asia and the US, from the site to river basin scales. At the site scale, he led the Smithsonian Institution's project titled, "Garden, City, and Empire: The Historical Geography of Mughal Lahore," which resulted in a co-edited volumes with colleagues from the University of Engineering and Technology-Lahore. These and related books won awards from the Government of Pakistan and Allama Iqbal awards from Government of Punjab. At the larger scale, Professor Wescoat has conducted water policy research in the Indus, Colorado, Ganges, and Great Lakes basins. He authored a book on Water for Life: Water Management and Environmental Policy with geographer Gilbert F. White (Cambridge University Press). He led a USEPA-funded study of potential climate impacts in the Indus River Basin in Pakistan with the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), and contributed to a World Bank and WAPDA study on The Indus Basin of Pakistan: The Impacts of Climate Risks on Water and Agriculture (2013). Currently, he has returned to the local scale in research on rural water and sanitation planning.